Sol Naciente is a 50-unit affordable rental housing development for agricultural workers and their families in the Fort Morgan area. The development is the first of its kind in Fort Morgan, designed for large families to meet housing needs of the area’s large farm labor population.
CHFA awarded $882,402 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in 2014 to support the development of Sol Naciente. The project is the first family-oriented rental housing development built in the area in more than 20 years. Sol Naciente was developed by Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC), a nonprofit developer that has built more than 500 units of farm worker housing units across Colorado.
“The completion of Sol Naciente serves as a working model for what can be accomplished when public-private partners come together with a common cause to improve the living conditions of working families, sustain a strong local workforce, and create a vibrant economy,” said Al Gold, executive director of CRHDC.
“Agricultural workers are integral to the economy of Morgan County and the state of Colorado. Having safe, affordable, and available housing for their families is necessary. Sol Naciente is indeed a shining accomplishment of a collaborative effort of CRHDC with local, state, and federal leaders and agencies to provide much needed relief,” said Jim Zwetzig, Morgan County Commissioner.
Jeff Wells, Fort Morgan city manager said, “This project represents another important chapter in the agricultural history of Fort Morgan. Providing housing that creates a sense of community to an often migratory working population provides the next generation a better chance at upward social and economic mobility. I am grateful to CHRDC for working so hard to make this happen, and I am proud of our community for coming together to make this a reality for our citizens who help make our agricultural economy work.”
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